The Toledo Walleye and Sebastian Cossa still don’t know who their opponent will be in the Central Division Finals of the ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs.
But the Walleye will play the Cincinnati Cyclones on Friday in Cincinnati or they will play the Fort Wayne Komets Saturday at home in Game 1.
The Cyclones and Komets play the 52nd Game 7 in league history tonight to decide their series.
No matter who the Walleye play, Detroit Red Wings’ 2015 first-round pick Cossa will likely be in net for the Walleye. Toledo has been alternating goalies in the postseason and 6-foot-6 Cossa is up next.
The big question for the Walleye is whether they will stick to the rotation or go with the hot hand. In the pro hockey world, the conventional wisdom is to go with one goalie. If coach Dan Watson goes in that direction, Cossa appears to have the advantage based on numbers.
Cossa, 20, was 2-0 in the first round with a 1.00 goals-against average and 9.58 save percentage. The other Walleye goalie John Lethemon, 26, is also under contract with Detroit. He will be a restricted free agent this summer. Lethemon was the ECHL’s Goalie of the Year this season. In the postseason, he is 2-0 with a 2.50 GAA and .912 save percentage.
Cossa is considered the Red Wing’ goalie of the future, although that future is at least two years away. The hope would be that Cossa is ready to carry the load for the Grand Rapids Griffins next season.
Sebastain Cossa. Toledo Walleye goalie and Detroit Red Wings 2021 #1 draft pick. Doing a hang clean and press superseted with a trap bar bent over row. Some basics here to maintain explosive power and upper body strength. #GOFISH! pic.twitter.com/3pRARsXrAN
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Red Wings’ Offseason
A few Red Wings will be playing for their countries at the upcoming World Championships. Lucas Raymond is playing for a Sweden. At practice, he has been playing on a line with Leo Carlsson. The Swedish teenager, a gifted offensive player, is expected to be drafted with the No. 3 pick in this summer NHL draft. Carlsson will be the consolation prize for a team that misses out on Western Hockey League sensation Connor Bedard and University of Michigan player Adam Fantilli.
Lucas Raymond seems to be practicing on a line with Leo Carlsson ahead of Czech Hockey Games, where Sweden plays Switzerland thursday, Czechia on saturday and Finland on sunday.
World Championships start May 12th. #LGRW https://t.co/ZV6Ck6hIac
— IcehockeyGifs (@IcehockeyG) May 3, 2023
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Simon Edvinsson will be sidelined for four to six months because of surgery on his left shoulder.
- Bob Duff assesses Austin Czarnik‘s value to the Red Wings in a recent edition of Red Wings Review.
- Matt Dumba and Connor Clifton are among the most desirable right-shot defensemen who will be unrestricted free agents this summer. The Red Wings are in the market for a right-shot defenseman.
- Defenseman Mark Pysyk was under contract to the Red Wings, but never played a minute because of injury. What happens to him now?
- David Perron was the good cop to Joe Veleno and Andrew Copp played the role of bad cop.
Hockey Now Network
Boston: Former Red Wings player Tyler Bertuzzi loved his time with the Bruins. BHN looks at whether they can get him re-signed. Boston Bruins
Chicago: Former Detroit Hockey Now writer, recently promoted to editor of Chicago Hockey Now, writes about the end of Jonathan Toews’ incredible run with the Blackhawks. Chicago Blackhawks.
Colorado: Evan Rawal writes about which free agents the Avalanche should pursue this summer. Colorado Avalanche.
Florida: Sergei Bobrovsky’s salary hasn’t looked out of line recently. He stole Game 1 for the Panthers. Florida Panthers.
Montreal: Marc Dumont writes that the Canadiens can address an organization weakness by drafting Matvei Michkov. Montreal Canadiens.
Pittsburgh: Could Marc-Andre Fleury be one of Pittsburgh’s goalie options? The Pens could trade for him. Dave Molinari addresses that in his story. Pittsburgh Penguins.
Washington Hockey How: The debut of WHN writer Jared Serre. He writes about what happens next for the Washington Capitals.